Long serving Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has been under ever increasing pressure, from more or less every Arsenal supporter, to hang his boots up.
Agitated Gooners have been begging for Wenger’s head after continuous mediocrity in the league, year in year out, and more recently because of a string of terrible losses.
Currently Arsenal sit sixth in the Premier League, seven points of fourth placed, Manchester City. With only eight games remaining, including a tough trip to Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City and a tricky home game against Manchester United, qualifying for the top four seems ever more difficult.
The Arsenal fans recently had their blood freshly boiled by an embarrassing 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Fans at the game sung “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” while others rushed to social media to campaign using the hashtag #WengerOut. Other rival fans, including supporters from Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United, have comically shown their support for the French manager by mockingly campaigning to keep him at the emirates. It seems that not everybody dislikes Wenger’s bad run of form.
Former Arsenal striker John Hartson admitted that Arsene Wenger’s time at the club must come to an end after another “inept” away performance. While talking to 5 live Hartson said:
“When you look at some of the players that are taking the field, they are just not up to it. They are not at the standard and the level of a team capable of winning the Premier league.”
“I think it’s time for him to go and it hurts me to say it. We have conversations – but the performances now – that last night, you would call that an inept performance.”
The Arsenal supporters have also gone through other lengths to encourage the departure of the current 21 year serving manager. Quite fittingly, during their 3-1 loss to West Brom, a plane flew over the Hawthorns with a banner reading: “No Contract #Wenger Out.” After the game, in response to a reporter asking him of his opinion on the banner, in very Arsene fashion he said, “I watch the game. I do not watch the stands during the game.”
To add insult to injury, it seems that the club has gathered a lot of interest from other Premier League sides for some of their better players. Manchester City have reportedly placed Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez high on their summer transfer list with the side being in contact with the Chilean’s representatives, while, Mesut Ozil, another of Arsenal’s highest rated players, who is nearing the final year of his contract, has revealed that he previously received a £100 million offer to move to the Chinese Super League.